The first requirement under the NERC CIP 014 standard is for utilities to identify transmission stations, substations, and control centers that if inoperable or severely damaged could result in widespread instability, uncontrolled separation, or cascading failures in the electrical grid.
For the most part, generation plants and control centers are well-protected there for leaving substations and transmission lines as the most potentially vulnerable assets.
RBtec was contacted by a large investor-owned electric utility delivering electricity to more than five million customers in 11 states to provide perimeter security system for its electrical transmission substation. The IRONCLAD Fence Alarm System was chosen as the product to be used in substations and service yards. One of the key decision-making factors was the solution met the customer budget and simplicity of installation.
RBtec offered its IRONCLAD fence alarm system due to the fact the customer needed a simple, user-friendly, and reliable device that will alert if someone climbs or cuts the fence while meeting the requirements for the fence sensor. The IRONCLAD fence sensor was ideal for this requirement due to the fact it needed no training or certification for the local teams and couple connect to the existing SCADA system.